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Public Health England Annual Conference 2016 - Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 September:

If you would like to attend the Public Health England Annual Conference 2016 please book your place as soon as possible via the conference website. The conference will take place at Warwick University on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 September. Almost 1100 bookings have now been made, and we anticipate the conference will be fully subscribed within a couple of weeks.  

Sessions at the conference will cover a wide range of topics from across the breadth of public health, promoting and showcasing the application and translation of science and research, to support effective local and national action to improve public health.

It is possible to book to attend one or both days of the conference, and you will have an option to join a pre-conference workshop and debate on Monday 12 September.  


Charities invited to apply for £1million domestic abuse fund

he Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has launched a £1m fund for charities who are tackling domestic and sexual abuse through innovative work.

The new Transform fund - a policy, practice and infrastructure- focused grants programme - is offering grants of up to £100,000 to ten charities who have a “track record of innovative work” in the domestic and sexual abuse sectors. To read more. 

If you want to apply click here.


 Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board Practioner Forums

The Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board holds Practitioners Forums on a range of subjects throughout the year. The forums are free to attend, participants just need to register with The Learning and Development Service and book through the learning pool website.


NHS England's Celebrating Participation in Healthcare Community Grants

NHS England set up this grant scheme last year with £10,000 to enable a wide range of voluntary and community organisations to showcase their good practice around patient and public involvement in healthcare. For 2016, the fund has increased to £15,000. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to a wide range of community groups, voluntary sector or patient organisations and not-for-profit organisations that want to showcase the ways they have engaged and involved patients, users and the public in the improvement of health services. The goal is to highlight good practice in patient and public participation in creative ways.

The programme will start on 24 October 2016 and close on 16 January 2017.

The deadline for applications is 21 September 2016 (midnight).

To find out more click here.


Healthwatch service in Solihull open again

The Healthwatch Solihull service has commenced again following recommissioning, on an interim contract, by Solihull Council. Healthwatch Solihull can now be contacted: In person via the Community Information and Advice Hub at The Core between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday; By telephone on 0121 704 7861 between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday; Via email to at any time; Via the Healthwatch Solihull website, at any time. Read more on the Healthwatch service restart


 Policy Exchange - Delivering Differently: how to deliver change

This report argues for a bottom-up and localised approach to solving longstanding challenges in welfare, health, criminal justice and education. It suggests that redistributing the Civil Service across the country would push the devolution agenda, bringing decision-makers closer to the people ad provide local communities with the additional capabilities that they might need to manage new and financial administrative powers.

 Institute for Government - local public service reform: supporting learning to integrate services and improve outcomes

This paper aims to provide clarity on what would help people involved in integrating public services locally to share experiences and learn from one another to improve outcomes on the ground. An accompanying set of eight case studies provides more detail about the methods and impact of different approaches designed to support learning around local public service reform more generally.

Kings Fund - Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) explained

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) were announced in the NHS planning guidance published in December 2015. But what are STPs and what do they mean for the NHS? To read more go to the Kings Fund website